Oakland DUI Lawyer
Fighting Drunk Driving Charges Throughout the Bay Area
Drunk driving charges are very serious and can significantly impact your
current and future life. Although you may have felt sober enough to drive
safely at the time, California law is very clear on what constitutes drunk
driving: it is illegal for a driver operating a vehicle to have a blood
alcohol level of 0.08% or higher.
Even if you have incriminating blood and breath tests against you,
your DUI case is not hopeless. With the right
Oakland DUI attorney on your side, it is possible to challenge your charges effectively.
The Law Offices of Torres & Caraves stands ready to answer your questions, protect your future, and preserve
your rights throughout the legal process.
Accused of drunk driving?
Contact our Oakland DUI lawyers online or at
(510) 953-5551 to request your free case evaluation.
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Why Hire Our Oakland DUI Attorneys?
At the Law Offices of Torres & Caraves, our Oakland DUI attorneys have
20+ years of collective experience and can provide aggressive and compassionate
DUI defense to clients in Oakland and across the Bay Area, including the
cities of Hayward, Richmond, San Jose, and the surrounding Alameda County area.
Our proactive, cutting-edge approach has led to numerous
successful case outcomes for our clients. We have obtained reduced charges, dismissals, and not
guilty verdicts for clients.
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Penalties for a DUI Conviction in Oakland, California
DUI cases can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the
circumstances and a person's past criminal history.
First-Time DUI Conviction in California
With a first-time DUI offense, it's important to begin working with an
experienced Oakland DUI lawyer to begin deciding whether there were any
legal and factual issues associated with the way your DUI was issued.
Our team may be able to file a "motion to suppress" which could
result in a case dismissal. Our team will investigate whether there is
sufficient proof and search for other inconsistencies. From there, we
can determine a path forward. Of course, every DUI case is unique. Contact
us for a consultation to discuss your specific circumstances.
A first-time DUI conviction can lead to penalties such as:
- Immediate license suspension for at least 4 months
- Fines and penalties up to $1,000
- Up to 6 months in jail
- Installation of ignition interlock device
repeat offenders, you could be facing harsher penalties such as longer jail time, steeper
fines, longer license suspension periods, and mandatory DUI programs.
In addition to the
criminal penalties, you could be facing points on your driver's license, increased insurance
premiums, or even the denial of coverage.
Under 21 DUI in California
California's Zero Tolerance law, any drivers under the age of 21 will face charges if they have any alcohol
in their system. The charges and penalties vary according to the blood
alcohol concentration of the driver.
Common penalties for underage DUI include:
.01% BAC or greater (not a criminal charge): Suspended license for 1 year
.05% BAC or greater: DUI on your record, suspended license for 1 year, $100 fine & mandatory
.08% BAC or greater (same as adults and can face the same consequences): Up to 6 months of
jail time, up to $1,000 in fines, suspended license for 6 months, mandatory
interlock ignition device for 6 months
Not only will you face potential
criminal charges, being convicted of driving under the influence when you are under 21
can also affect college and job opportunities. Because both colleges and
jobs are allowed to ask about criminal history, if you have been convicted
of DUI, you are required to disclose your DUI when applying.
In order to protect your rights and your future, it is vital that you talk
to our Oakland underage DUI lawyer as soon as possible to begin working
on your defense.
California DMV Hearings & DUI License Revocation
California DUI cases have both a criminal and a civil (administrative)
component. We can assist clients with the civil side of DUI charges and
represent them in hearings with the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
You must act quickly after a DUI arrest, as you only have 10 days to request
a hearing to challenge the suspension or revocation of your driver's license.
DMV hearings, you will have the opportunity to present your side of the case and reasons
as to why you should maintain your driving privileges. Closely looking
at issues such as whether the officer had probable cause to pull you over
and whether the arrest was lawful are key to prevailing in a hearing.
If you refused a chemical breath or blood test, we can examine whether
the police officer adequately explained the consequences. Our team can
act swiftly to schedule your DMV hearing and advise you on what to expect.
Visit the California DMC website for more information and FAQs regarding DUI arrests, administrative hearings, and more.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Oakland DUI Attorney Today
If you or someone you love has been charged with driving under the influence
of alcohol and/or drugs, contact our Oakland DUI lawyer to find out how
we can help. We can review the details of your case and provide you with
an honest assessment of your options.
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